About Olga

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Hi, I’m Olga Massov, a food writer and cookbook author. Most recently, I edited cookbooks at Phaidon Press, and as of November 2017, I’m back to cookbook collaboration and other freelance work. In my past life, I spent ten years on Wall Street.

I was born in Russia, grew up in Boston, and now live in Brooklyn with my husband, Andrew Freedman, a journalist, our toddler, Avi, and our linebacker-sized tabby, Forrest.

I like strong coffee; horizontal stripes; mid-century modern design; austere beaches of the Northeast; and my LLBean boots. Some of the things I like to eat are: Wellfleet oysters, wild Maine blueberries, pickles, herring, all things potato, brisket, cabbage, tacos, and ice cream. I prefer wine to cocktails; beer to bubbly; and bourbon to vodka.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Season With Authority – with Chef Marc Murphy (HMH, Spring 2015)
The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook – with Laura O’Neill, Ben Van Leeuwen, and Peter Van Leeuwen (Ecco, Spring 2015)
Marc Forgione: Recipes and Stories from the Acclaimed Chef and Restaurant
 with Iron Chef Marc Forgione (HMH, Spring 2014)
The Kimchi Cookbook with Lauryn Chun (Ten Speed Press, Fall 2012)



Fall 2015
Toast by Raquel Pelzel
Mexico From the Inside Out by Enrique Olvera
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena

Spring 2016
Studio Olafur Eliasson: The Kitchen by Olafur Eliasson
Food & Beer by Daniel Burns and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø with Joshua David Stein

Fall 2016
Central by Virgilio Martínez with Nicholas Gill
Regarding Cocktails by Sasha Petraske with Georgette Moger-Petraske

Spring 2017
Where Bartenders Drink by Adrienne Stillman
On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox with Noah Galuten
Vegan: The Cookbook by Jean-Christian Jury

Fall 2017
Boragó by Rodolfo Guzmán
America: The Cookbook by Gabrielle Langholtz
Elizabeth Street Café with Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire with Julia Turshen
Where to Drink Coffee by Liz Clayton and Avidan Ross

Spring 2018
Japan: The Cookbook by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Aska by Fredrik Berselius



My work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times (photography and food styling), Patch, Serious Eats, New York Magazine (digital), My Jewish Learning, the Cooking Channel, and Kitchn.



The Food Seen, Heritage Radio, September 2013




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Photography credit: Stacy Gorelik